colin colin - 5 months ago 14
R Question

adding grouping lines to a barplot in R

I created a barplot using the follow code:

#create function for plotting error bars
errb <- function (x, y, ebl, ebu = ebl, length = 0.08, ...){
arrows(x, y + ebu, x, y - ebl, angle = 90, code = 3,
length = length, ...)

#generate plot data
means <- c(0.976,0.664, 1.12, 1.22)
errs <- c(0.16, 0.17, 0.16, 0.16)

#plot labels
names <- c('+NaCl', '+NaCl',expression(paste('+NaNO'[3])),expression(paste('+H'[2]*'O')))

plot1<-barplot(means, beside=T,border=NA,

It looks like this:

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I'd like to add some labels in the top white space of the figure, to indicate whether or not the treatment
was present. The first bar is
and bars 2-4 are
. I'd like the outcome to look like this drawing:
enter image description here

How can I go about doing this in base R?


You just need to use text() and arrows(). Consider:

text(x=0.7, y=1.5, labels="(-E)", adj=c(.5,.5))
text(x=3.1, y=1.5, labels="(+E)", adj=c(.5,.5))
arrows(x0=1.4, x1=2.9, y0=1.5, code=1, angle=90, length=.1)
arrows(x0=3.3, x1=4.8, y0=1.5, code=2, angle=90, length=.1)

enter image description here